Coming to the rural India, I find it quite amusing that even in a small hamlet in our country we could find a Cool Drink shop near the bus stand but we see women and children travelling long distances, in scorching heat, to get just a pot of drinking water. It has been found out that on an average, an Indian has to walk 3 km to get some drinking water. As always, averages conceal the reality of life.
So I would strongly suggest that we should collectively work towards procuring and making drinking water available to every nook and corner of our country.
The Government has to provide basic facilities like water plants instead of giving permission to belt shops. No one can live without water but one can live without soft drinks like coke, pepsi.